Chronic Fatigue Service

Patient weighing scales and clinic chairs were on the Christmas list for the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME service at Royal Cornwall Hospital last year and the team were delighted to find out that their wishes had been granted thanks to the 12 Days of Christmas Campaign from Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity.

Carol Wilson, Speciality Lead, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly CFS/ME Service, explained the importance of routine weighing and measuring,

“With some of our adult patients monitoring weight is important in the management of fatigue as patients often feel they have put on weight because they have lost mobility. For other patients particularly the children and young people, monitoring height and weight is good practice to make sure we are not missing other causes of fatigue.”

Prior to the funding from the hospital’s charity patients were moved from the clinic room, into the waiting room and then into a room with scales. Some of these patients have fatigue and are unable to walk far without a wheelchair. With the additional equipment the team no longer need to book additional rooms to carry out these measurements, reducing delays and importantly improving patient care.

“We now provide a much more straight forward and easier appointment for patients and clinicians within the space we have. This is very important with patients with very little available energy,” added Carol.

To be in with a chance of receiving funding from this year’s 12 Days of Christmas Trust staff can email the charity team for a bid form rcht.charity@nhs.net.

The deadline for bids to be received is MIDNIGHT on SUNDAY 25th NOVEMBER.

Read about another winner of last year’s campaign here https://www.royalcornwall.nhs.uk/hospital-charities-give-emergency-support/

Added on November 20, 2018, in News - General News